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People and Workforce

Our Ambition: People Living in Suffolk & North East Essex are Supported by a Resilient and Sustainable Health and Care Workforce

The Story Behind the Ambition

Lived Experience


Caring about our workforce

Recruiting to healthcare


On The Front Line

A report by Healthwatch Essex outlining findings of the conversations initiated with front line workers about their mental health

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Professionalism in social care

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Valuing social care skills

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Mental health of our workforce

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Discrimination at work

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Caring hospital staff

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Supporting staff welfare

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Career development in social care

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Allied Health Professions

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The People Plan

The People Plan 2020/21 – action for us all  sets out practical actions for employers and systems, as well as the actions that NHS England and NHS Improvement and Health Education England will take, over the remainder of 2020/21.  It includes specific commitments around:

  • Looking after our people – with quality health and wellbeing support for everyone
  • Belonging in the NHS – with a particular focus on tackling the discrimination that some staff face
  • New ways of working and delivering care – making effective use of the full range of our people’s skills and experience
  • Growing for the future – how we recruit and keep our people, and welcome back colleagues who want to return

We have developed a plan in line with the actions outlined within the national people plan to address workforce challenges locally;

Our system ambition is: Suffolk & North East Essex to be the Best Health and Care system to work in and with by 2025

Our system-wide Health and Care goals are to:

Increase self care, independence and community based care

Increase consistencies in working practices across the alliances via commitment and collaboration to work together


Slow down demand at acute & specialist
care through hospital
reconfiguration & transformation

Looking after our people:

Belonging to Suffolk & North East Essex:

Adopting new ways of working:

Growing for the future:

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The role of the ICS People and Culture Board:

The ‘How do we Heal? Our Workforce’ event on Wednesday 2 June 2021 considered issues for our health and care workforce as we move out of the Covid-19 pandemic, focussing  on three main themes: WHY we need to heal, HOW we can heal, and WHAT we can do moving forward, followed by a panel discussion.

This presentation sets out the local plan for Suffolk and North East Essex to meet the nursing and midwifery workforce requirements to deliver the changes in  the National 50k Nurse Manifesto plan.

We Can Do Together is a partnership of health and care organisations in Suffolk and North East Essex, working in collaboration to develop a strong multidisciplinary workforce that can deliver the best care possible to patients in their community.

We aim to attract people, especially those starting out in the world of work, into a career in health and care to help to shape sector leaders for the future – as well as working to connect existing staff with career support and opportunities for further development

Relevant plans and strategies


NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care
Joint Forward Plan 



Ipswich and East Suffolk
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North East Essex 
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West  Suffolk
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NHS Trusts

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
ESNEFT Strategy 2019-24

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Strategic Plan 2023-28

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Our Strategy, our people, our Trust 2020-25

For more information please contact;

Julie White, Training Hub Lead,

Phyllis Anderson, Project Officer,

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